Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rethinking the Importance of Eleven


Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

At least 45 are dead in Algeria today, the 11th of December, after two car bombs exploded in Algiers.
On April 11, a suicide bomb killed 33 people in Algiers. Responsibility for that attack was claimed by GSPC, also known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

That the bombing today occurred on the 11th of the month may be significant, several counter-terrorism officials noted. The attack in April also occurred on the 11th. Both bring to mind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and the March 11, 2004, bombings in Madrid. After the April bombing, some terrorism experts suggested that the attacks added to the accumulating symbolism of that day of the month.

We might want to consider eliminating the 11th of every month and instead have a 10th of every month lasting 48 hours. Having two 10ths is better than an 11th anyway, right? It's like having another 20th. Or is it more like having only one-fifth?

I digress.

As the world turns, more horrors unfold.

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